Disease & Illness

These Viral Photos Of Kids With Down Syndrome Dressed As Disney Characters Are Helping To Raise Awareness

These photos will melt your heart.

Nicole Perkins, a photographer from the United Kingdom, loves using her craft to capture the smiles and personalities of the kids she comes across. And when she can combine her passion for photography with the affection she has for the children she works with at a school for those with special needs, she creates true magic.

Inspired by the kids she worked with, Perkins wanted to show people how amazing they were. She knew that if she combined these beautiful children with a little Disney pixie dust, she would have a photo collection that could touch the hearts of others.

Her “Down with Disney” photoshoots, which were released in October as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, struck a chord with people around the world. These precious photos have since been shared more than 8 million times, according to Perkins, through Facebook and other social media platforms.

“The response has been incredible, and it was so much fun creating the images,” Perkins told “Good Morning America.” “I have met some amazing families in the process and I’m so glad to see the joy the images of their children has brought to so many people.”

Perkins used 12 Disney films as inspiration for the photos. Each one is cuter than the last! This “Little Mermaid,” for example, has us wishing we were part of her world: